Iron Chef Battle Schedule  |  Overview  |   Call for Battlers  |  Timeline  |  Rules  |   Prizes  |  FAQ

 

In this renaissance of emerging technology, being able to craft a killer recipe for engagement on the fly is an invaluable skill. We invite you to join us for some fiery pedagogical competition in the Technology Test Kitchen during our second annual Iron Chef Battles.

A zesty combo of popular TV cooking competition shows (Iron Chef, Chopped, etc.), we’re pairing exhibitors and educators into teams to battle for bragging rights over who can create the most exciting new recipe for technology. We’ll be holding four qualifying heats in the TTK with a high-energy finale on Friday at the end of the conference.

Iron Chef Battle 1    Iron Chef Battle Gong

 

 

Atlantic Hall- Technology Test Kitchen
Weds Nov 15 

1:00-1:45pm
Concurrent Session 2

Chef Battle Heat 1 Teams:
Cannoli Do So Much
Wing Tips
Chicken of the Woods
Atlantic Hall- Technology Test Kitchen
Wed Nov 15

3:45-4:30pm
Concurrent Session 4

Chef Battle Heat 2 Teams: 
Tech Passion
Spartan’s Will
Education Sensation!
Atlantic Hall- Technology Test Kitchen
Thu Nov 16 
10:00-10:45am
Concurrent Session 6

Chef Battle Heat 3 Teams: 
Wild-Hounds
From Traditional to Digital
Red Hot Techie Peppers
Atlantic Hall- Technology Test Kitchen
Thu Nov 16
1:30-2:15pm
Concurrent Session 8

Chef Battle Heat 4 Teams: 
The Wonder Women Innovators
BlendED
eLearning Luminaries
Northern Hemisphere C
Fri Nov 17
10:45-11:30pm
Concurrent Session 11
Final Chef Battle Teams: 
One winner from each of the previous heats 1-4!


Here’s a Taste of the Event:

  • Each heat will take place during one of the 45 minute concurrent sessions held on Wednesday and Thursday, with the final battle on Friday before the Closing Session.
  • Up to four teams will be presented with a pedagogical challenge and a set of tech “ingredients” that they’ll weave together to create an innovative solution.
  • We’ll have displays hooked up to see the teams’ brainstorming process, a journalist documenting and sharing all of the recipes, and emcees roaming about to keep things fresh.
  • A panel of judges and the audience will vote on which “recipe” they’re most excited to try.
  • Creativity wins the day here, with instant disqualification for any team that offers a “sales pitch” for a product instead of a pedagogical solution.

Each battle heat will consist of a unique challenge question around a pedagogical theme, with several themes aligned to the conference strands.  You’ll be able to combine several effective practices and technology tools to create a “recipe” for how to solve that challenge question.  Here are some examples of the types of challenge questions that may be asked:


Theme

Sample Challenge
Innovations, Tools and Technologies Create a ‘recipe” to facilitate faculty to online work collaboration within their own unit, team, or department utilizing an online platform or tool which provides effective and efficient communication and interaction. Bonus points for transfer of technology and application into the online classroom.
Institutional Strategies and Globalization Create a “recipe” for collaboration amongst cross-institutional teams, using emerging technology as the secret ingredient unifying the efforts of a diverse group of stakeholders.
Learner Services and Support Create a “recipe” that helps to accelerate learner preparedness for the online classroom.  Your recipe should identify a specific need and offer a solution to address the support needed.
Learning Effectiveness Create a ‘recipe” developing an assessment for an online classroom which accounts for diverse learners including English Language Learners, students with disabilities, and first time online learners.
Professional Development and Support Create a “recipe” for an innovation in professional development for faculty members teaching online. Your recipe should be robust and provide a lasting solution that will encourage continuous improvement to the learning community it serves.

 

Call for Battlers

Exhibitors of OLC Accelerate and educators attending the conference are invited to pair up and join us as a competing team.  You’ll have the opportunity to help create an innovative tech “recipe” that will be shared with the attendees of the conference, as well as compete for sweet prizes and bragging rights.

Please note:  Each team is required to have a minimum of one academic partner and one OLC Accelerate 2017 exhibitor partner, with a maximum of 4 members to a team. Non-exhibitor vendors will not be allowed to participate in the Iron Chef Battle.  

Interested in applying? Applications are now closed.  Please apply to compete by October 6. 

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments by emailing ttk@onlinelearning-c.org.  Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you at the Iron Chef Battle!​

 

Timeline: 

  • October 6 (extended from Sept 8) – Applications close
  • October 11 – Winning teams notified
  • October 18 – Accept deadline for teams
  • October 20  – All members of accepted teams must be registered for the conference
  • Nov 15 & 16 – Preliminary Heats
  • Nov 17 – Final Battle

 

The Rules:

  • Each team is required to have at least one academic partner/educator.  
  • Special priority will be given to blended (educator + exhibitor) teams.  
  • Teams should consist of not more than 4 people.
  • Any team that offers a sales pitch will be instantly disqualified – oh no! 

 

Sweet Prizes

Beyond the bragging rights and the ability to share a creative pedagogical solution with the OLC community, winning team members will receive:

  • A one-year OLC Professional Membership (limited to a maximum of 4 team members). Current OLC members would receive a 1-year extension to their existing OLC Professional Membership.
  • A complimentary future OLC 2018 or 2019 conference registration (limited to a maximum of 4 team members, not applicable to OLC Accelerate 2017).
    • The OLC Team will engage the winning team in a conversation of how best to showcase their solution through OLC.  Examples may include a webinar, membership dashboard interaction, OLC social media promotion, etc.

     

    FAQ

    Each team should have no more than 4 people.

    Yes, all teams are required to have at least one academic partner. Each team is required to have a minimum of one academic partner and one OLC Accelerate 2017 exhibitor partner, with a maximum of 4 members to a team. Non-exhibitor vendors will not be allowed to participate in the Iron Chef Battle.  

    Yes, all teams are required to have at least one exhibitor partner. Each team is required to have a minimum of one academic partner and one OLC Accelerate 2017 exhibitor partner, with a maximum of 4 members to a team. Non-exhibitor vendors will not be allowed to participate in the Iron Chef Battle.

    There will be 4 preliminary heats of 4 teams each. The winner of each of the 4 battle heats will move on to the final battle, to take place on Friday, November 17.

    Teams will be matched into heats based on the themes that they select on the application form rather than companies of similar fields.  We will notify you of your heat before the conference so that you have plenty of time to reflect and prepare.

    We use culinary metaphors in the Technology Test Kitchen quite often – in this instance, we mean a combination of effective practices, innovative approaches and emerging technology tools.

    Another culinary metaphor – we refer to the solutions that people come up with as “recipes”.

    In that the TTK is a space to share practices as opposed to strict sales demos, it was important to the designers of the competition that teams focus on solutions to the question offered in the battle as opposed to a chance to simply do a sales pitch for a product. Worth mentioning, your tools could be a part of your proposed solution you share – but if the judge feels that you a team is not offering a solution so much as a sales pitch, they will disqualify the team.

    Yes, all participants must be registered conference attendees.